Jeanne Elizabeth Habegger, ’47, was born October 19, 1920, in Berne, Indiana, to Alfred and Barbara (Hirschy) Habegger. She was raised on the Cheyenne reservation in Busby, Montana, where her parents were missionaries. Jeanne was baptized on confession of faith in Jesus Christ on May 12, 1936, by her father, and sang “Living for Jesus” with her group of baptismal candidates.
Jeanne was joined in marriage to Reverend John William Boehr on August 29, 1943, in Newton, Kansas. The ceremony was held after her graduation from Bethel Deaconess Hospital. She also earned a B.A. degree from Bluffton College where her uncle A.S. Rosenberger was president at the time. She and John were accepted to go as missionaries to China, but the door to China closed. Instead, in 1946, God led them to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, (now Grace University) where Mr. Boehr taught music and photography until his death in 1977. During those years he took leave for the couple to serve as interim missionaries in Busby, Montanta, for a year and to attend school in Chicago, Illinois, for a year to obtain a music degree. Jeanne worked as an R.N. most of her married life to John. John Boehr was taken to heaven in a car collision on August 5, 1977. The accident also took the life of Jeanne’s mother.
The following verses meant much to her: Romans 8:35; 37–39: “What can separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creation shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jeanne continued to show her interest in missions through prayer, monetary support and service. She served in Taiwan for two years, as well as in Ecuador and Mexico. She enjoyed traveling and adding to the visa stamps in her passport. After living as a widow for 15 years in Omaha and Newton, she was joined in marriage to Carl Eugene Crouthamel, a retired atomic scientist, on November 29, 1992. They moved to Green Valley, Arizona, and then, in 1998, to Sierra View Homes in Reedley, California, where they lived for 13 years. In May 2011, they moved to Glendora, California, to live with her daughter Rachel.
Jeanne, 91 years old, passed away at home on September 16, 2012, after a short illness.
Jeanne is survived by her husband, Carl Crouthamel of Bothell, Washington; sisters, Helen and husband, Herb Fretz of Bluffton, Ohio, and Esther and husband, Paul Sauder of Lewiston, Idaho, brother, Rev. David Habegger of Newton, Kansas, and Marianna Habegger of Reedley, California, widow of her brother, Dr. Marden Habegger; one sister-in-law, Anna Louise Amstutz and husband Jonathan of Berne, Indiana, and one brother-in-law, Ernest Boehr and wife Louise of Altadena, California; six of her seven children: Elaine and husband Dr. Ron Beals of Tyler, Texas, Rachel and husband Dr. Paul Gray of Glendora, California, Philip and wife Ann of Lincoln, Nebraska, David of Carrollton, Texas, Cedric’s widow, Sandi Boehr of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Christine and husband Joseph Harms of Frisco, Texas, and Gareth and wife Lydia of Omaha, Nebraska; three stepsons, Steven, Kevin and David Crouthamel, and their families; 24 grand children, and 34 great grandchildren.
Jeanne Boehr Crouthamel lived in the hope that her entire family would be joining her in glory!! Her immediate family gathered in Dallas on September 22 to celebrate her life and to share memories of her eternal impact on their lives. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15